So now we're 2 episodes into the new Melrose Place (2009) and I think I might have to eat my words regarding the show's murder mystery amounting to some sort of compelling, cohesive plot (which I asserted in our CW Fall Preview).
New advice: I think they need to ditch the murder mystery, pronto, because frankly, it's retarded.
I think it was a mistake to attempt to make Sydney (of the original Melrose Place) such a central character to this new show, and here's why: 1.75 of the paltry 1.8 million people that watched Melrose Place last night likely did not watch the original. Thus, it isn't particularly interesting - nor do I particularly care - how each of these new characters is linked to Sydney (or that every single one with a penis appears to have had sex with her), or even that she's no longer among the living. I'm finding all of these scenes to be nothing more than a boring, giant waste of time.
What's more, it's already all too predictable that in each flashback a single character is presented in such a way that they initially appear to be the murderer, only to be quickly revealed that they actually are most likely not. When the murderer is ultimately revealed to not be one of the tenants, but some other random shady figure from Sydney's past (which mark my words, is totally where this is headed), I'm going to feel duped. Actually, beyond duped, I'll be angry that I was forced to watch all of these horrid, intentionally misleading scenes which focused on a character that I never cared about and have no need to begin to, since, well, we already know she's dead.
Additionally, it's silly that 1) all of the tenants were BFFs with Sydney, their landlord (umm...I thought all landlords are evil?) and that 2) Sydney would want to be friends with all of her twentysomething tenants. So...I've now realized that the show is working awfully hard to incorporate both a character and a plotline that frankly, just isn't working at all.
The far more compelling aspect of the new Melrose is the flashy lives and jobs of the new tenants - that exist away from Melrose Place and have zero to do with Sydney or her murder. Katie Cassidy's PR agent Ella is the current highlight, though this might be because the show has dedicated the most time to her thus far. Michael Rady's aspiring, idealistic filmmaker Jonah seems to have potential as well. Lauren's (Stephanie Jacobsen) doctor/hooker bit is a bit much for me (I mean, has the girl ever considered a loan?), but I can even deal with that. There's probably no hope for Ashlee Simpson-Wentz's Violet (I'm not sure if the voice she uses is her normal voice or her "acting" voice...but holy wow, watching ASW "act" is painful), but I'll save that rant for another time.
My overarching point though is that if the show is going to make it (and that's also a giant if...as the series premiere last week underperformed, and the numbers dropped another 20% this week), I think they need to ditch the murder mystery ASAP, because if that storyline continues as central to the show, I'm probably ready to bail on it.
What do you think? Do you agree that the murder mystery thing is kind of...not working? Would you like the show more if they quickly wrapped that storyline up?